Movie Review #1 | Fantastic Four (2015)

Fantastic Four (2015)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Directed by Josh Trank
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Rated: PG-13
Duration: 100 minutes
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Staring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson
IMDb rating: 3.9 / 10 My rating: 4.5 / 10

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

I was really excited for the Fantastic Four reboot because of both the casting and the trailer. But guys, I was really disappointed in Marvel. I’m even surprised that they even released it in the state it was in. It felt unfinished and rough. The casting was great but the script was not up to par with the acting. And let’s not forget how the trailer got my excitement up so high to only crush it when I saw the film.

For as far as the casting goes, they did (mostly) a great job. Our four main characters are portrait really well and they were chosen wisely. The only 2 cast members I am still iffy about are Reg E. Cathey (Dr. Franklin Storm) and Tim Blake Nelson (Dr. Allen). Dr. Franklin Storm (aka the father of 2 of our Fantastic Four members) didn’t feel like a proper father figure. The way he held himself was off, it felt more like he was some stubborn teen when it came to decisions for his group. One of his lines was: “I don’t care what you think, I’m doing this!” And within that particular scene that was unprofessional and it wasn’t even meant to be funny. Dr. Allen was just a weird character, I couldn’t decide if he was bad or good and that was not helpful since he had a kind of big part in the movie. For the rest of the characters, I liked how they all interacted with each other. Brother and sister treated each other like actual brother and sister. Miles Teller (Reed) and Jamie Bell (Ben) were supposed to be best friends but their interaction felt more like a superhero-with-useless-sidekick-interaction.

Fantastic Four Cast

The first half of the movie was really well made. The story arc was nicely set up and everything fitted in with the plot. There were some things that were missing from the story but that was not overly present.

The second half of the movie however, was just a hot mess. From the moment that our 4 main characters gained their powers everything felt rushed. We didn’t get to really know our characters and the movie just jumped from one scene to the other without making progress in the story arc. The fight scenes were just a big jumble of nonsense. We only got one fight scene from Ben which we saw then 3 more times during the second half of the movie. And the biggest problem I had was the final battle with Dr. Doom! That was one of the worst fight scenes I’ve ever seen. Our Fantastic Four members haven’t trained together (or seen Reed) in over a year and then when they fight Dr. Doom they can miraculously work together like a team?! And Reed is somehow in charge?! I don’t buy it!!

Furthermore, there is some background information that is left out completely. It is so obvious that there was something going on between Sue and Victor from the beginning but we never get to know what happened in the past. And that’s not the only thing that’s missing, Reed and Sue are getting closer and closer just before they all get there powers but then when they gain there powers, the whole romantic tension between the 2 just disappears.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that in the trailer we get an awesome scene from Ben where he jumps out of a plane to fight. That scene was really funny and well put together but we never see it in the movie.

Overall, the reboot of Fantastic Four was basically a flop. It was enjoyable to watch but I was expecting so much more from Marvel and because of the trailer.

Final verdict: 4.5 / 10
4.5 Stars